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Speakers Programme

08:00 am – Registration and Morning Coffee in the “Networking Zone” 90 minutes of Networking. 

Conference Theme:

Smart, Connected, “Low Carbon” Communities – what are they and how are they created?

The solution in creating sustainable communities, cities and regions which will require all partners to fully collaborate.

This can only occur if public sector along with central & regional government, work with private sector organisations both small and large and have the input from third sector and citizens.
By all working smarter by utilising shared data &  knowledge, collaborative communities can unlock great value and resilience.
08:00amDelegate Registration Opens with access to the “Exhibitor Networking Zone” for Tea/Coffee/Refreshments. 
SESSION 1 Commences: Chaired by the Climate for Change Campaign
09:30am – Chair’s Opening Address, Rob Edwards, Director of the Investigative Journalism Co-Operative, The Ferret and Former Environment Editor of the Sunday Herald. (CONFIRMED)

PRESENTATION TITLE: “An Introduction to the Climate for Change Campaign.”

Speaker Biog:

Rob Edwards has been a freelance journalist specialising in environmental issues for more than 35 years. He has written for New Statesman, The Observer, The Mail, The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Herald, the Edinburgh Evening News and many others. He has been a correspondent for New Scientist and The Guardian, and from 1999 to 2018 was environment editor of the Sunday Herald. He is a founder member of the award-winning investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret, for which he now writes. He has also produced TV and radio programmes and co-authored three books about nuclear power. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists, and likes muckraking.

09:35am – Ministerial Address & Q&A: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity & the Islands, Scottish Government (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: ‘Towards net-zero: Supporting Scotland’s transition to a zero-carbon economy’.

The Climate Change Plan sits alongside the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy, and provides the strategic framework for our transition to a low carbon Scotland. Building on previous reports on policies and proposals, the Plan sets out the path to a low carbon economy while helping to deliver sustainable economic growth and secure the wider benefits to a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland in 2032.

The Plan includes policies and proposals to reduce emissions from electricity generation, buildings (both residential and non-residential), transport, industry, land use (forestry and peatlands), waste, and agriculture.

Speaker Biog:

Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul was raised in Edinburgh. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh.

Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.

Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. He has previously held posts in the Scottish Government as Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs. In May 2016 he was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.

09:50am – Keynote Address: Kathryn Dapre, Head of Energy & Sustainability at NHS National Services Scotland & Chair of Sustainable Scotland Network. (CONFIRMED)

Kathryn Dapre  National Services Scotland

PRESENTATION TITLE“Achieving Net-Zero: Challenges and Opportunities for the NHS”

The NHS will have a key role in ensuring that Scotland meets its obligations to be ‘net-zero’ by 2045. In addition to the vast estate owned and operated by the NHS, it also has a big influence on transport, supply chains, and behaviour. The impacts of climate change are also of core concern to the NHS – not just for our own estate, but also for the health and well-being of the Scottish population. The NHS has had some big successes in climate change mitigation, but complacency is not an option. The next 26 years will be challenging and will require a seismic shift in policy and behaviour. However, this also affords opportunities to move towards a healthier and fairer society. This presentation will discuss the health impacts of climate change, the successes achieved by NHS Scotland, and the ongoing plans for NHS Scotland to become the world’s most sustainable healthcare provider.

Speaker Biog:

Kathryn has been involved in sustainability and climate change work for over 20 years. Following a period in energy consultancy, where she worked with a range of public and private sector clients, Kathryn joined the NHS in 2012. Within the NHS, Kathryn’s team provides professional support to NHS Scotland Boards, Scottish Government and other stakeholders in relation to all aspects of climate change resilience, energy management and sustainability. She has overseen the implementation of the first Energy Performance Contracts on the NHS Scotland estate and more recently, has overseen the development of the NHS Scotland Sustainability Action campaign to encourage sustainability behaviour change across the service. She is now leading on the development of a new NHS Scotland Sustainability Strategy which will include a commitment for a ‘net-zero’ NHS Scotland estate before 2045. In addition to her NHS role, Kathryn is Chair of the Sustainable Scotland Network – a Scottish Government backed body that represents the Scottish public sector’s interests in all aspects of sustainability and climate change policy development and implementation.

10:05am – Gold Partner – John Moore, General Manager, Locogen (CONFIRMED)

PRESENTATION TITLE“Decarbonisation 2.0: The Journey to Decarbonised Heat and Transport”

“The decarbonisation of electricity is well underway but the next step represents a much greater challenge. John will look at the bumps on the road to decarbonised heat and transport.”

Speaker Biog:

“After working for 20 years in the Automotive Industry with senior positions in Ricardo and Lotus, John moved into the Renewable Energy sector in 2008 setting up Windcrop, a business that developed fleets of low cost 5kW wind turbines to rural properties on a fully funded basis. This installed over 600 turbines before the rapid decline in government support curtailed the opportunity. He then developed a range of medium scale wind and solar sites including developing an integrated off grid solution for mobile poultry units using PV, LED lighting, high efficiency ventilation and Li storage. He was then Technical Director for Gaia-Wind, producing 11kw grid tied wind turbines before moving to redT, who manufacture Vanadium Redox flow batteries, working to develop the UK energy storage market. He joined Locogen as General Manager in October 2018.”

10:20am – Gold Partner: Nick Gosling, Group Sales & Strategy Director, Vital Energi (CONFIRMED)
  Vital Energi

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Low-Carbon Heat for Queens Quay”

The presentation will cover the following on the Queens Quay development:

  • Brief introduction to Vital Energi
  • About the Queens Quay Development
  • Energy strategy
  • Our low-carbon future

Speaker Biog:

Nick has 30 years’ experience in the energy generation and energy management industries and is a specialist in technical and commercial development of energy solutions and ESCo schemes. His role within Vital Energi spans corporate and project strategy and sales across the Group’s activities in design, modelling, engineering, service development, energy procurement, operations and maintenance. Nick has been involved on a number of major heat network projects including the developments on the former Battersea Power Station site, Royal Albert Dock, Barking Riverside and the Leeds PIPES project.

10:35am – Gold Partner: Sarah Graham, iCL Consultant, Intergrated Environmental Solutions (CONFIRMED) 

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Decarbonising our Cities Through Digital Twins”

Using examples of Digital Twin technology in action, we’ll explore how it’s being used today to improve operational performance, and manage energy, BMS and other IOT/sensor data to create intelligent cities, communities, portfolios or campuses. A view on how this could develop in the future will also be presented.

Speaker Biog:

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in building design. Her credentials include MSc, BEng(Hons), EngD Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation and her expertise lies in the areas of: BIM and Soft Landings as a vehicle to optimising operational performance of the lifecycle of a building, collaborative working, Low-energy design, Sustainable design and assessment and Energy management. She has provided clients with specialist modelling and simulation on a diverse range of projects including archive buildings, schools, hotels, offices and leisure facilities.

Sarahs doctoral research carried out in association with University College London Virtual Reality Centre investigated the benefits of current and emerging engineering technologies and their potential uses in facilitating collaborative working to streamline design and construction processes.

10:55am – Gold Partner: Donna Vallance, Director of Estates, University of the West of Scotland (CONFIRMED) 


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11:05am – Question & Answer Panel Session from Delegate Audience to Main Plenary Speakers

11:20am – Interactive Refreshment Break in the “Networking Zone”  60 minutes of NetworkingLow Caron Britain - 1st December 2016

SESSION 2 Commences: Chaired by the Low Carbon Club CIC

12:20pm – Chair’s Opening Address, Alan Asbury, Chairman of the Low Carbon Club CIC (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: “Could Now Be The Time To Shake Up Our Mobility”

Speaker Biog:

Alan became Chair of the Low Carbon Club in 2015. In this role, he works with 3ppp (Public-Private- Partnerships) to investigate the claims of some of the technology providers that look to us for endorsement. With well over 10 years of energy management experience, a Chartered Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®) with the UK Association of Energy Engineers; Alan specialises in assessing the claims of potential clients. When we are satisfied that technologies look potentially viable, we work together with our customers to establish live trials which we then meter, monitor and measure to prove real life benefits to other Low Carbon Club members.

Previously a local government environmental manager in Warwickshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Alan Asbury was named Sustainability Manager of the Year in 2012.

Alan is a Chartered Energy Manager and Director of CLS Energy Ltd. He works with large commercial and public sector clients to deliver energy, fuel and fleet savings through technologies and behaviours in the UK and Europe.

As an ESOS Lead Assessor he recommended savings for 20 companies exceeding £4.1m.

As Chair of the Low Carbon Club since 2015, he works with us to assess and test novel technologies in live environments.

He received Silver in the EST Fleet Hero Awards, 2015.

12:25pm – Keynote Address: Stephen Thomson – Head of Air Quality, Transport Scotland (CONFIRMED)
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Low Emission Zones in Scotland”

The presentation will cover progress on the development of the LEZ legislation within the Transport (Scotland) Bill and recent findings of market research into LEZs in Scotland, that will help drive a communications campaign on LEZs.

Speaker Biog:

Dr. Stephen Thomson is the Head of Air Quality for Transport Scotland. Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland, delivering the Scottish Government’s vision for transport.

Stephen is leading the transport-based air quality actions as outlined in the Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy, and is the strategic lead on the First Ministers Programme for Government commitment to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

12:40pmGold Partner Address – Rebecca McLean, Technical Director EIA, Sweco UK (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: “Climate Challenge”

Speaker Biog:

Rebecca is a technical director with over 15 year’s experience.

Rebecca’s key area of expertise is in the project management of environmental impact assessments for large infrastructure, waste and energy projects. She also has extensive experience in air quality and odour assessments and in facilitating environmental design optimisation/mitigation solutions.

Rebecca has technical and specialist skills in the areas of environmental impact, environmental innovation and digital reporting. Rebecca is passionate about influencing design for positive environmental gain.


Environmental Impact Assessment; Air Quality; Coordination of multi-disciplinary teams for EIA; environmental policy analysis & review; stakeholder consultation; consents and permitting processes; environmental planning; Project Management

12:55pm –  Gold Partner: Dr Stuart Sneddon, Air Quality Business Manager, Scotland, Ricardo Energy & Environment (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: Measurement and application of real world driving emissions to support policy development and air quality improvements.”

Road vehicles are a significant source of air pollution, includes substances such as oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter, both of which are harmful to health and responsible for many of the air pollution problems identified internationally.  In order to design effective emission reduction measures, regulatory agencies require accurate and impartial data on car performance parameters, most notably emission performance. Without adequate consideration of the actual emissions performance of vehicles on the road, it is likely that implemented mitigation measures may not bring about sufficient reductions in emissions to meet the air quality standards. 

The presentation will focus on the development and application of Ricardo’s database of real world driving emissions to support the identification and evaluation of targeted actions to improve air quality.

Speaker Biog:

Dr Stuart Sneddon is Ricardo’s Air Quality & Environment Business Manager for Scotland.  He is a Chartered Scientist with two decades of experience in the environmental sector.  His areas of expertise encompass air quality, climate change mitigation, and human health and environmental risk assessments.  Stuart leads on a number of high-profile projects and innovations, including the Scottish Government’s Air Quality in Scotland Database and Website, Ricardo’s Real World Driving Emissions activities and RapidAir®, Ricardo’s rapid dispersion modelling and policy support system.   Stuart is Chair of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality Advisory Group and is a member of the Institute of Air Quality Management.

13:10pmGold Partner:  Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust Scotland (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: “Charging ahead in Scotland – helping you make the transition to low carbon transport”

Energy Saving Trust delivers a number of projects and programmes aimed at encouraging individuals and organisations to take up a variety of low carbon transport options. This presentation will detail options and support available to make the switch to ultra-low emission vehicles and active travel.

Speaker Biog: 

Ellie joined Energy Saving Trust in August 2017. Her role as Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport, delivers a large portfolio of programmes ensuring a reduction in transport emissions across Scotland and working towards the Scottish Government’s commitment to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032. Energy Saving Trust offer a range of incentives to encourage the uptake of low-carbon transport including loans for both electric vehicles and ebikes, grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and programmes focused specifically on ensuring low-carbon transport is available and accessible to everyone in Scotland.

Prior to joining EST, Ellie worked in low-carbon shared-mobility solutions in England and has seen the transport sector change significantly with consumer pressure and awareness, policy decisions and commitments and wider environmental and health concerns all playing a part. Who can predict what transport will look like in towns and cities in Scotland in the next 7 years?

13:25pm – Gold Partner: Stephen Rennie, Business Development Manager (Scotland) at SWARCO UK Ltd (formerly APT Controls) (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE“Electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Scotland – the present and the future.” This presentation will focus on the current charging landscape in Scotland, the progress made to-date and what we can expect to see in the future.

Speaker Biog:

Stephen has been working within the Scottish sustainable transport sector since 2008. He spent 7 years with the Energy Saving Trust, setting up and managing funding streams for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – latterly working as Programme Manager for the transport department, overseeing electric vehicle promotion and numerous sustainable transport initiatives. Following this, Stephen was a Principal Consultant for Transport and Travel Research, focussing on a number of alternative fuel projects. The last 3 years have been spent as Business Development Manager in Scotland for the Evolt division of SWARCO UK Ltd, the leading supplier of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Scotland. This work has included overseeing Scotland’s largest EV infrastructure projects.

13:40pm – Gold Partner: MoBike – Duncan Robertson, Head of Business Strategy and Govt. Affairs. (CONFIRMED)


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13:55 pm – Question & Answer Panel Session from Delegate Audience to Main Plenary Speakers

14:10 pm – Interactive Late Lunch in the “Networking Zone”  (1hr 45 minutes of Networking) 

15:55pm – Closing Remarks in the “Networking Zone” by Ron Pusey, Director of Low Carbon Club


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